Mage: the Ascension Online
Correct. RPIs take their RP very seriously. No OOC channels. No planning scenes ahead of time. No or very limited +where functionality to find RP. Some do solo RP, like writing poses while in an empty room hunting mobs. No +who and names are hidden (You only see a shortdesc or whatever name you have assigned to that PC). I like a lot of elements of RPIs, but the hatred of OOC channels really stumps me.
As someone who used to play on RPIs and MOOs, I can say that OOC channels don't help those sort of games at all. Many of them can be very PvP oriented, and having OOC channels only helps with the breeding of OOC cliques (Or at the very least, exposing them) and ruining immersion and all that jazz.
Games I've played on that added OOC channels saw a sharp drop in player activity afterwards. Players could hang out and chat OOCly instead of hitting the grid and looking for interaction that way.
@Admiral That succinctly explains the mindset then. I could see why they would want to avoid the channels in that case.